The exhibition will illustrate the experiments conducted by Picasso with different styles and genres: from the play of decorative surfaces in collages, performed during the First World War, to stylized realism of the "Diaghilev years", from still life to portrait.
At Palazzo Barberini, in the grandiose salon frescoed by Pietro da Cortona, the curtain depicted for Parade will be exhibited for the first time in Rome, an immense 17 meter long and 11-inch canvas. Bernini's architecture will be the cornice for a an exciting dialogue between Picasso's work and the great baroque fresGreat exhibition in collaboration with the Center Pompidou in Paris, the Berggruen Museum in Berlin, the FundaciÃ³ Museu Picasso in Barcelona, â€‹â€‹the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum in New York and the National Galleries of Ancient Art in Rome.
The exhibition, which will display more than 100 works by the artist, will deepen Picasso's production immediately after the Italian experience, documenting the long-term impact of this trip on its formation: from the neoclassical suggestions inspired by ancient sculpture to the Roman Renaissance , until the discovery of the parietal painting of Pompeii.
The exhibition also includes the exhibition of the Parade curtain in the Palazzo Barberini's Pietro da Cortona salon.
Curated by Olivier Berggruen, the exhibition proposes to recall, a hundred years later, the trip Picasso (1881-1973) performed with Cocteau and Stravinsky in the company of Sergei Djaghilev's Russian Ballets Company during which (among other things) the artist would have known and would fall in love with Olga Kochlova, the first ballet dancer and his first wife. Less than eight weeks (February 17, 1917) that would be crucial for the development of Picasso's art, a Grand Tour that would confront him with the great ancient art (Roman and Etruscan), but also with the culture " popular "(that of puppet shows, postcards with young women in traditional costumes) and with the ferments of Futurism.
A hundred exhibited masterpieces (provided by great museums such as the Picasso of Paris and the Metropolitan of New York): from Olga's portrait in armchair to Paul's, their son, dressed in Arlecchino; from Italian to Still Life Guitar, Bottle, Fruit, Plate and Glass on Table; from Pan The Flute Two Women Run On The Beach. With a strong piece. The curtain for the Parade ballet (and for Djaghilev's company): a large canvas (more than 10 meters for over 16), usually kept at the Center Pompidou and already exhibited in Italy in 1998 at the Picasso exhibition 1917-1924 in Venice, at Palazzo Grassi. It will not be at the Scuderie (in terms of size) but in the nearby Palazzo Barberini, under the vaults of the great room frescoed by Pietro da Cortona with the Triumph of Divine Providence (1632). "A great opportunity - explains curator Berggruen - to compare the modernity of Picasso with the great Italian Seicento". The Stage Show is part of the Picasso-MediterranÃ©e project launched in 2015 by the MusÃ©e Picasso in Paris and its president Laurent Le Bonco.